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trust can summon even one tiny iota of the courage those teachers, that principal, in newtown summoned on friday, if cooperation and common sense prevail, then i'm convinced we can make a sensible, intelligent way to make the united states of america a safer -- >> well, the president's statement gets largely overshadowed by questions about the fiscal cliff, a final question hits home. >> this is not the first issue, the first incident with horrific gun violence of your four years. where have you been? >> well, here's where i've been, jake, i've been president of the united states dealing with the worst economic crisis since the great depression, an auto industry on the verge of collapse, two wars. i don't think i've been on vacation. and, so, i think all of us have to do some reflection on how we prioritize what we do here in washington. >>> in newtown today, funerals for five of the victims, including principal dawn hochsprung and teacher victoria soto. classes will resume for sandy hook students january 2nd in nearby monroe. >> we're not sure what will happen to sandy hook. at this p
, good afternoon, everyone. the entire congress is united and condemning the violence in newtown, and on the need to enforce our laws. as we continue to learn the facts, congress will examine whether there is an appropriate and constitutional response that would better protect our citizens. with regard to the year end tax issue, i would remind everyone that in the summer of 2010 senator schumer said, quote, first i don't know a single one of my colleagues who wouldn't prefer to do tax breaks for people up to $1 million. it's my understanding that that is essentially the proposal that the house of representatives is likely to send over to us later in the week. >> well, i think the other thing that's getting lost in the whole debate about the fiscal cliff is where are the savings, where are the spending cuts. the president has talked about a balanced plan, but as they've tried to negotiate with speaker boehner and the house leadership, it continues to focus on one issue and that is how much are we going to raise taxes on small businesses which is, as we said before, a terrible idea
in newtown which i am very respectful of. i think today is one of sadness and i hope to honor the memory of those victims by what we do in the united states congress because they, as much as anyone in this country, their families and loved ones and friends are calling for action. >> can you maim any g.o.p. members besides scott brown who have come forward to support any kind of gun control? >> not at this time. but i haven't had the opportunity to talk with any of them yet. >> you mentioned president clinton called you. i'm wondering if you can elaborate more on what he said and what if anything you've asked him to do in this process? >> he was talking about the battle back in 1993 with the bill that interestingingly enough was introduced and passed in 1993 and went into effect in 1994. of course he was president and the white house came alive and was very, very helpful in enabling the passage soft that bill bath in the senate and in the house. and so to have him part of the team again is really quite special for us. >> [inaudible] >> there is not unanimous consent agreement. i talked wi
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